Christian Identity

The Aryan American Bloodline Religion

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About the Book

The Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations, and many ultra-right-wing racist “religious” organizations adhere to a doctrine called Christian Identity. Christian Identity is not a denomination, but a loosely organized movement embracing a range of beliefs. Its foundation is the theory that Anglo-Saxons (and Aryans, in most cases) are the true descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, and are the chosen people of God. Christian Identity is a bloodline religion: a belief system irrevocably tied to race. As such it lends itself to the violence, racism, and anti–Semitism of its more militant practitioners, and its growth and links to domestic terrorism warrant a better understanding of the movement.
This survey of the Christian Identity Movement traces its development and beliefs, from its origins to its modern manifestations. It examines the doctrines and visions of the future of Identity communities and organizations in America. The initial chapter explores British Israelism, forerunner of most bloodline Identity groups; the oral traditions behind the movement are reviewed in the second. The third chapter outlines the American Israel, Israel Identity and bloodline Identity movements, including major figures and groups. The following chapters provide an introduction to Christian Identity itself, its general religious tenets, and post–Creation beliefs upon which much of the theory is based. Subsequent chapters describe militant bloodline and Identity groups, and individual militant Identity leaders. The final chapter explores the “Third American Revolution” predicted by these groups, a forthcoming war based on race and religion.

About the Author(s)

Chester L. Quarles is a professor of criminal justice and serves in the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Mississippi. While serving as a state criminal investigator, director of the State Crime Laboratory and as the state ballistics examiner, he participated in the investigations of almost all KKK activity in Mississippi in the mid to late 1960s, testifying in court during the trial of the first KKK member convicted since Reconstruction. Quarles has studied the Klan for over 40 years and, in conducting extensive hands-on research, has attended Klan meetings in Mississippi and Tennessee and has interviewed many of the more notable Klan figures in Mississippi. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Bibliographic Details

Chester L. Quarles
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 214
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2004
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1892-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8148-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction      7

1. British Israelism      13

2. The Oral Traditions of Bloodline Identity and British Israelism      37

3. American Israel, Israel Identity, and Bloodline Identity      50

4. Introduction to Christian Identity      66

5. Christian Identity Religious Beliefs      89

6. Post-Creation Religious Beliefs of Bloodline Identity      105

7. Christian Militias and Christian Survivalists      128

8. Bloodline and Militant Identity Leaders      144

9. The Third American Revolution      173

Chapter Notes      183

Bibliography      195

Index      205

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